City prepared for another round of winter weather

February 17, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined National Weather Service’s Meteorologist-in-Charge John Gordon, Public Works Director Vanessa Burns, Louisville Fire Department’s Major Bobby Copper, and Resilience and Community Services (RCS) Director Tameka Laird and Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Natalie Harris to update residents on the actions the city is taking to prepare for another round of winter weather.  

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports multiple rounds of wintry weather are likely to impact the region later today through early Friday morning with more than 4 inches of snow possible across central and eastern Kentucky. NWS anticipates ice accumulations under a quarter inch will be possible across southern and eastern Kentucky.

“All of this could again create dangerous road conditions, and that’s why I continue asking everyone to stay home as much as possible when we’re seeing winter weather and bitter cold temperatures like we’re experiencing this week,” said the Mayor.

The Metro Snow Removal team is working 12-hour shifts, so they can provide 24-hour treatment of Metro snow routes. Crews are continuing to apply salt at 600 lbs. per lane miles of roadway, plowing and treating roads with calcium chloride making them as safe as possible.

“We really appreciate our Metro Snow Team putting in the extra work to keep our streets clear,” the Mayor said. “They’ve been out treating, salting and plowing the roads around the clock for several days.”

To stay informed on the Snow Team’s progress, click on the METRO SNOW MAP


Vulnerable residents

RCS remains in constant contact with community partners, including the Coalition for the Homeless to ensure shelters across the city are available.

“It’s very challenging work, and our partners at the Coalition for the Homeless are vital,” Laird said. “I cannot express enough thanks to Executive Director Natalie Harris and her work at the Coalition for the Homeless.”

Laird also emphasized the importance of Operation White Flag for unsheltered residents. The program goes into effect when the temperature or wind chill is below 35 degrees. For more information, call the Single Point of Entry at 502-637-2337.

Shelter availability:

St. Vincent de Paul, 1034 S. Jackson St., has shelter space available (for men only).

Wayside Christian Mission, 432 E. Jefferson St., has shelter space available and is operating 24/7. Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888. Pets are accepted in the Low Barrier Shelter at Wayside. During White Flag, previously barred clients are allowed inside, except for those barred for violence against staff or other clients.

Salvation Army, 911 S. Brook St., is operating a Healthy Day Shelter location at their campus with a 400-person capacity. No reservations are required. They also are operating a Healthy Overnight Shelter with a 70-bed capacity for men and women at the Brook Street campus. Call 502-671-4904 to check bed availability.

The Healing Place (for men only) at 1020 W. Market St. has a 48-bed capacity. Call 502-585-4848 to check bed availability.

Overflow Capacity: In addition, Wayside Mission, which operates Hotel Louisville, can make overflow/shelter beds available if needed. Call 502-389-9009. Transportation Available to Shelters: Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888.

How the Community Can Assist: Ending homelessness remains a community challenge, and urge concerned residents to help with donations at

The city’s Meals on Wheels frozen meal deliveries today are being rescheduled and Senior Nutrition distribution sites will be closed. The homebound seniors continue to be contacted by the Office of Resilience and Community Services staff for health check-ins and to check food supply.

Drop-off locations for the Eviction Prevention, Metro Utility Assistance and the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) programs are open today, however, applicants are encouraged to use their best judgment regarding travel. Applicants with scheduled appointments the week of February 15 will be provided an extension for submitting documentation through Friday, February 26, if needed.


Due to weather conditions, LMPD is not responding to non-injury motor vehicle collisions, and instead, requests that motorists to use these links to file non-emergency/non-injury reports:

Non-injury accident:

How to file an incident report:


The Louisville Division of Fire reminds residents to use safety precautions when heating their homes as it the second-leading cause for house fires. LFD recommends the following safety tips:

Candles: Flashlights and battery-operated candles are recommended for emergency lighting. If you are using real candles, be sure they are in a sturdy non-combustible container, keep them clear of combustibles and never leave them unattended. Be sure to extinguish candles before leaving the home or going to sleep.

Generators: Do not use generators indoors or inside attached garages and remember to keep them at least 10 feet away from the home. When fueling the generator, make sure the engine is stopped, always use the recommended type of fuel and allow it to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling and 30 minutes after prolonged use.

Carbon Monoxide: Never warm a vehicle in a closed garage, clear snow from outdoor vents and frequently test carbon monoxide detectors. Always use gas-burning ovens and stoves appropriately and never use them to heat a residence.

Space heaters: Make sure it meets the industry’s testing standards and has built-in safety features, like an automatic shut off or an overheat shut off feature. Do not use if the electrical cord is damaged, always unplug when leaving the room or going to bed, and remember to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from any combustibles, draperies or furniture.

Downed trees and power lines: DO NOT handle any telephone, cable, or electrical lines; as they may be electrically charged and DO NOT attempt to move or go near tree limbs on your home or near electrical lines; as they may be charged.

When using a fireplace: Make sure it has been serviced by a certified technician and keep fires small. Always make sure the flue is in working condition and use a screen to keep embers and sparks inside the fireplace.



The LouVax site at Broadbent Arena is back in operation today and opened at 9 a.m. Operations are expected to resume normal hours on Friday. On Saturday, the LouVax site is extending its hours for a one-time event for required second-dose appointments from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Saturday session is by appointment only.

“Our LouVax team has been a model of efficiency and a great example around the country for mass vaccinations,” the Mayor said.


All TARC routes are operating on Winter Weather Detours at this time. For real-time updates, and to help plan ahead with a list of the most common detours implemented during severe winter weather, please visit the News & Events page at

Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible to shovel the sidewalk in front of a house they own or rent in within a timely matter of 24 hours. This includes keeping the area free of all overhanging trees, shrubs, and other debris that block walkways.


Animal Services
Louisville Metro Animal Services is reminding residents to contact animal control to report pets left outside without proper shelter. If you are unsure whether to place a service request, we encourage you to contact animal control to discuss your options with an officer at 502-473-PETS or by email at [email protected].


The Louisville Free Public Library will operate on a modified schedule for today. Library staff will contact everyone with appointments to confirm or reschedule, depending on patrons' preferences. As conditions change, please check the Library's website,, or social media for updates.



The Louisville Zoo is open to the public today.

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